Strong European Lager

This category contains more strongly flavored and higher alcohol lagers from Germany and the Baltic region. Most are dark, but some pale versions are known.


DOPPELBOCK

A strong, rich, and very malty German lager that can have both pale and dark variants. The darker versions have more richly-developed, deeper malt flavors, while the paler versions have slightly more hops and dryness.

IBUs: 16 – 26
SRM: 6 – 25
ABV: 7.0 – 10.0%

Examples

Dark Versions – Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel, Ayinger Celebrator, Paulaner Salvator, Spaten Optimator, Tröegs Troegenator, Weihenstephaner Korbinian,
Pale Versions – Eggenberg Urbock 23º, EKU 28, Plank Bavarian Heller Doppelbock


EISBOCK

A strong, full-bodied, rich, and malty dark German lager often with a viscous quality and strong flavors. Even though flavors are concentrated, the alcohol should be smooth and warming, not burning.

IBUs: 25 – 35
SRM: 18 – 30
ABV: 9.0 – 14.0%

Examples

Kulmbacher Eisbock


BALTIC PORTER

A Baltic Porter often has the malt flavors reminiscent of an English porter and the restrained roast of a schwarzbier, but with a higher OG and alcohol content than either. Very complex, with multi-layered malt and dark fruit flavors.

IBUs: 20 – 40
SRM: 17 – 30
ABV: 6.5 – 9.5%

Examples

Aldaris Porteris, Baltika #6 Porter, Devils Backbone Danzig, Okocim Porter, Sinebrychoff Porter, Zywiec Porter